How can I, as a consumer, avoid supporting slave labor?
June 12, 2013 1:59 PM Subscribe
I understand and grudgingly accept that buying products made in China often involves supporting a system that treats workers badly and pays them poorly. But I also have believed that at least the workers are employed by choice, and that they deem work conditions they've opted for in some way superior to the alternatives. Today I learned that "Made in China" can also mean "made by the slave labor of religious dissidents."
How can I exist as a consumer in this global economy without perpetuating and contributing to this system? Is there any ethical way to buy Chinese imports, or do I risk endorsing inhumanity every time?
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Is it safe to continue buying Apple products, for example, because we know that Foxconn -- while imperfect -- is at least semi-monitored and does seem to have willing employees? Are similar assumptions about other electronics companies also broadly true? Are there third-party NGOs or other entities that report on the human rights records of various companies?
Are there other countries where slave labor is involved in the manufacture of goods likely to be exported to the U.S.? When is "Made in [Wherever]" a warning sign?